History SeriousBusiness / ProfessionalWrestling

14th Jul '15 10:39:09 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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** This is hardly a brand-new trope. Back in the early 1980s a wrestling promoter with ''Stampede Wrestling'' named J.R. Foley ran for mayor of Calgary as part of his shtick. He even took part in debates, making sure to wear cowboy clothes and not one of his usual Hirohito or Hitler costumes (he managed the BigBad). He came in last.

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** This is hardly a brand-new trope. Back in the early 1980s a wrestling promoter with ''Stampede Wrestling'' named J.R. Foley ran for mayor of Calgary as part of his shtick. He even took part in debates, making sure to wear cowboy clothes and not one of his usual Hirohito or Hitler costumes (he managed the BigBad). He came in last. Abraham Lincoln, an eventual President of the United States, was able to establish a political career with help from publicity gained in a wrestling match with Jack Armstrong. Wrestling/TheGreatSasuke ran for, and won, an assembly seat in Japan's Iwata Prefecture, and caused quite a stir by attending legislature sessions while wearing his mask.
16th Jun '15 3:31:27 PM LentilSandEater
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** Arguably, his 2012 feud with Wrestling/JohnCena, as it boils down to Kane hating the message behind Cena's t-shirt ("Rise Above Hate").
** Arguably, his next feud with Randy Orton, as it boils down to Kane hating Randy Orton for shaking Kane's hand after a match and stopping Kane from becoming The Devil's Favourite Demon once again. Or something.

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** Arguably, his His 2012 feud with Wrestling/JohnCena, as it boils down to Kane hating the message behind Cena's t-shirt ("Rise Above Hate").
** Arguably, his His next feud with Randy Orton, as it boils down to Kane hating Randy Orton for shaking Kane's hand after a match and stopping Kane from becoming The Devil's Favourite Demon once again. Or something.
23rd May '15 6:41:33 AM REV6Pilot
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* Pro wrestling can be Serious Business for the fans as well, and when this mixes up with {{Powder Keg Crowd}}s, results are not nice. In Mexico, crowds were tense after beloved wrestler El Santo was beaten and humiliated by three rudos, but when his own son El Hijo del Santo betrayed him and joined his enemies, shit hit the fan on the stadium. The crowd went nuts and started throwing beer bottles and whatever they could get their hands on, not only to the wrestlers but also to other fans, all while women cried and frenzied men jumped the barricades to dismantle the ring. The wrestlers and ring crew had to fly away while the entire arena was ravaged, and mass hysteria spread throughout the city to the point it took eight days to contain the riots.

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* Pro wrestling can be Serious Business for the fans as well, and when this mixes up with {{Powder Keg Crowd}}s, results are not nice. In Mexico, crowds were tense after beloved wrestler El Santo was beaten and humiliated by three rudos, but when his own son El Hijo del Santo betrayed him and joined his enemies, shit hit the fan on the stadium. The crowd went nuts and started throwing beer bottles and whatever they could get their hands on, not only to at the wrestlers but also to at other fans, all while women cried and frenzied men jumped the barricades to dismantle the ring. The wrestlers and ring crew had to fly away while the entire arena was ravaged, and mass hysteria spread throughout the city to the point it took eight days ''eight days'' to contain the riots.
8th Mar '15 11:36:20 AM EponymousKid
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** Another British association with the game: Creator/LouisTheroux, a long thin geeky reporter sent out to investigate all things weird and American in order to decode them for British TV viewers, once covered pro wrestling. Although blessed with exactly the wrong sort of body for pro wrestling, as well as nerdy glasses, Louis signed on at a "boot camp" for aspiring talent run at the Wrestling/{{WCW}} 'Power Plant' (this was c.1999), their base for training up-and-coming wrestlers the only one immediately recognizable among the group seen there was future WCW and WWF/E midcarder and tag-team specialist Chuck Palumbo. Louis' decision was brave particularly because he'd already encountered and tried to interview chief trainer 'Sarge' at a WCW show, where he tentatively raised the topic of match-fixing which can be a BerserkButton for old-school wrestling insiders. At the time, Sarge merely looked extremely uncomfortable and quickly retreated from the interview, but when Theroux showed up at the Power Plant he was putting himself in Sarge's hands. This resulted in a DrillSergeantNasty session of severe verbal abuse and punishing physical exercises that left him exhausted, humiliated and constantly wanting to throw up, with an incensed Sarge demanding that he retract his alleged suggestion that the sport was not athletic though he'd actually explicitly acknowledged the athletic ability of the wrestlers, despite querying the nature of the match outcomes. A purple-faced Theroux then dropped that line of investigation, but gained some genuine respect from the pros for sticking with the course. Hilariously, someone has since made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7cqDBDFD5Y video]] starring computer-game avatars of Theroux and Sarge, in which Louis belatedly takes his revenge...

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** Another British association with the game: Creator/LouisTheroux, a long thin geeky reporter sent out to investigate all things weird and American in order to decode them for British TV viewers, once covered pro wrestling. Although blessed with exactly the wrong sort of body for pro wrestling, as well as nerdy glasses, Louis signed on at a "boot camp" for aspiring talent run at the Wrestling/{{WCW}} 'Power Plant' (this was c.1999), their base for training up-and-coming wrestlers the only one immediately recognizable among the group seen there was future WCW and WWF/E midcarder and tag-team specialist Chuck Palumbo. Louis' decision was brave particularly because he'd already encountered and tried to interview chief trainer 'Sarge' ([=DeWayne=] Bruce, better known as Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker of the State Patrol tag team) at a WCW show, where he tentatively raised the topic of match-fixing which can be a BerserkButton for old-school wrestling insiders. At the time, Sarge merely looked extremely uncomfortable and quickly retreated from the interview, but when Theroux showed up at the Power Plant he was putting himself in Sarge's hands. This resulted in a DrillSergeantNasty session of severe verbal abuse and punishing physical exercises that left him exhausted, humiliated and constantly wanting to throw up, with an incensed Sarge demanding that he retract his alleged suggestion that the sport was not athletic though he'd actually explicitly acknowledged the athletic ability of the wrestlers, despite querying the nature of the match outcomes. A purple-faced Theroux then dropped that line of investigation, but gained some genuine respect from the pros for sticking with the course. Hilariously, someone has since made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7cqDBDFD5Y video]] starring computer-game avatars of Theroux and Sarge, in which Louis belatedly takes his revenge...
24th Dec '14 11:58:04 AM Cieloazul
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* Pro wrestling can be Serious Business for the fans as well, and when this mixes up with {{Powder Keg Crowd}}s, results are not nice. In Mexico, crowds were tense after beloved wrestler El Santo was beaten and humiliated by three rudos, but when his own son El Hijo del Santo betrayed him and joined his enemies, shit hit the fan on the stadium. The crowd went nuts and started throwing beer bottles and whatever they could get their hands on, not only to the wrestlers but also to other fans, all while women cried and frenzied men jumped the barricades to dismantle the ring. The wrestlers and ring crew had to fly away while the entire arena was ravaged, and mass hysteria spread throughout the city to the point it took eight days to contain the riots.
** A similar riot happened in the Sumo Hall in Tokyo when BigVanVader debuted. Wrestling/AntonioInoki had just ended his match against Riki Choshu when guest host Creator/TakeshiKitano presented Vader and ordered him to crush Inoki, which he did thoroughly. The fans were infuriated and a riot rose in the arena, where the crowd threw garbage, chairs and pieces of barricade to the ring and even set the estadium on fire. Such an incident caused that Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling were forbidden to use the Sumo Hall for years.
18th Aug '14 6:40:00 AM SolidSonicTH
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** This is basically the exact setup used to create the foundation for the [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Brie Bella]][=/=]Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon match. Brie [[TenMinuteRetirement quits]] WWE after Stephanie won't stop giving Nikki a hard time, she shows up in the audience one episode of RAW, provokes Stephanie, and gets slapped. Later on Stephanie gives Brie her job back but Brie only agrees to completely drop the charge against Stephanie if she takes her up on a match at [=SummerSlam=] 2014.

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** This is basically the exact setup used to create the foundation for the [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Brie Bella]][=/=]Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon match. Brie [[TenMinuteRetirement quits]] WWE after Stephanie won't stop giving Nikki a hard time, she shows up in the audience one episode of RAW, provokes Stephanie, and gets slapped.slapped, and Brie has Stephanie arrested. Later on Stephanie gives Brie her job back but Brie only agrees to completely drop the charge against Stephanie if she takes her up on a match at [=SummerSlam=] 2014.
18th Aug '14 6:38:57 AM SolidSonicTH
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** This is basically the exact setup used to create the foundation for the [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Brie Bella]][=/=]Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon match. Brie [[TenMinuteRetirement quits]] WWE after Stephanie won't stop giving Nikki a hard time, she shows up in the audience one episode of RAW, provokes Stephanie, and gets slapped. Later on Stephanie gives Brie her job back but Brie only agrees to completely drop the charge against Stephanie if she takes her up on a match at [=SummerSlam=] 2014.
13th Jul '14 1:42:25 AM Shaoken
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*** That Pay-Per-View was ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XXV'', and everybody knows that every WM is a SeriousBusiness!!



* Raw - 10/10/11, A week after the [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere walk out]], JohnCena looks straight into one camera upon entering the right to meet with TripleH and said "About to get serious".
28th Apr '14 11:31:10 AM OlfinBedwere
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** Another British association with the game: LouisTheroux, a long thin geeky reporter sent out to investigate all things weird and American in order to decode them for British TV viewers, once covered pro wrestling. Although blessed with exactly the wrong sort of body for pro wrestling, as well as nerdy glasses, Louis signed on at a "boot camp" for aspiring talent run at the Wrestling/{{WCW}} 'Power Plant' (this was c.1999), their base for training up-and-coming wrestlers the only one immediately recognizable among the group seen there was future WCW and WWF/E midcarder and tag-team specialist Chuck Palumbo. Louis' decision was brave particularly because he'd already encountered and tried to interview chief trainer 'Sarge' at a WCW show, where he tentatively raised the topic of match-fixing which can be a BerserkButton for old-school wrestling insiders. At the time, Sarge merely looked extremely uncomfortable and quickly retreated from the interview, but when Theroux showed up at the Power Plant he was putting himself in Sarge's hands. This resulted in a DrillSergeantNasty session of severe verbal abuse and punishing physical exercises that left him exhausted, humiliated and constantly wanting to throw up, with an incensed Sarge demanding that he retract his alleged suggestion that the sport was not athletic though he'd actually explicitly acknowledged the athletic ability of the wrestlers, despite querying the nature of the match outcomes. A purple-faced Theroux then dropped that line of investigation, but gained some genuine respect from the pros for sticking with the course. Hilariously, someone has since made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7cqDBDFD5Y video]] starring computer-game avatars of Theroux and Sarge, in which Louis belatedly takes his revenge...

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** Another British association with the game: LouisTheroux, Creator/LouisTheroux, a long thin geeky reporter sent out to investigate all things weird and American in order to decode them for British TV viewers, once covered pro wrestling. Although blessed with exactly the wrong sort of body for pro wrestling, as well as nerdy glasses, Louis signed on at a "boot camp" for aspiring talent run at the Wrestling/{{WCW}} 'Power Plant' (this was c.1999), their base for training up-and-coming wrestlers the only one immediately recognizable among the group seen there was future WCW and WWF/E midcarder and tag-team specialist Chuck Palumbo. Louis' decision was brave particularly because he'd already encountered and tried to interview chief trainer 'Sarge' at a WCW show, where he tentatively raised the topic of match-fixing which can be a BerserkButton for old-school wrestling insiders. At the time, Sarge merely looked extremely uncomfortable and quickly retreated from the interview, but when Theroux showed up at the Power Plant he was putting himself in Sarge's hands. This resulted in a DrillSergeantNasty session of severe verbal abuse and punishing physical exercises that left him exhausted, humiliated and constantly wanting to throw up, with an incensed Sarge demanding that he retract his alleged suggestion that the sport was not athletic though he'd actually explicitly acknowledged the athletic ability of the wrestlers, despite querying the nature of the match outcomes. A purple-faced Theroux then dropped that line of investigation, but gained some genuine respect from the pros for sticking with the course. Hilariously, someone has since made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7cqDBDFD5Y video]] starring computer-game avatars of Theroux and Sarge, in which Louis belatedly takes his revenge...
20th Nov '13 2:58:27 PM AlphaDog13
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* Raw - 10/10/11, A week after the [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere walk out]], JohnCena looks straight into one camera upon entering the right to meet with TripleH and said "About to get serious".
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